I’ve learned a few things over the last year.
I’m stronger than I think. I can now lift more, balance better, walk further. Working out has made a big difference for me.
Consistency is key. The weeks I workout at least three times are better weeks.
Don’t quit. There have been days I think “why am I doing this? Just quit, it’s easier.” Then I see something Todd has written – he just never gives up. So I go lean against a wall and do some pushups. Or get out of my chair and go for a walk.
Set backs are not failures, just set backs. I’ve been sick all of October. Winter is coming and I need more sleep (I don’t know why, but I do know that in the winter I feel better with more sleep.) My workout schedule is whacked. It’s a just a set back, not failure.
Try many things. Find what works for you. I have been going to boot camp (not the last two weeks) and I feel better when I sleep until 6:30. I just do. I’m writing this book and I do that at night, after work. I’m staying up a little later and I find I need more sleep. Boot camp at 6 is just not working for me. I love my trainer Randy – and our times to workout are not in sync right now. It’d be a great time to say “oh, can’t work out anymore. I tried.” If you know Randy, that won’t work! So I’m adjusting. There’s a weight lifting class I’m going to try at Fuller Hall on Thursdays. I’ve bought a tv to use Chromecast and have found a yoga workout. I’m rearranging my living room so I have more free room in it, to work out! I’ve also started to do those workouts (yoga, stretching, body weight exercises) for 45 minutes every morning before work – around 7 am.
Eat better, feel better. This is probably the hardest lesson for me. I’m a junk food, on the go, give it to me quick, kind of eater. I also know if I plan my food out I do better. More grocery shopping, less eating out. I’m getting better at it. I’m not beating myself up about what is behind me – and working on better habits so they become part of my lifestyle.
The race is not always by the fastest. Ask the hare. I’m in this to win this. So I keep moving.